Tamarind Roasted Aubergine

I love how versatile aubergines are, and how they don’t have to be just a side dish. In this recipe, they are the stars. I like to eat these over a bed of rice and snow peas sauteed in sesame oil. They add some crunch and I love their flavor too. Since the past year, I’ve been kind of obsessed with tamarind. And it goes so well with the aubergine. It adds a bit of sourness which is then balanced out with the brown sugar and honey.

This recipe is for 4 small aubergines.

Ingredients:

4 small aubergines

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon of finely chopped red chili, you can add more if you like it spicy

2 cloves of garlic, minced

4 tablespoons of tamarind paste

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of honey

3 tablespoons of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

Extras:

Chopped chives

Fried onions (store-bought)

Chili flakes

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/390F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Slice each aubergine in half, lengthwise. Then grab a sharp paring knife and make long cuts down the length of the aubergine without slicing through the skin. Repeat with perpendicular cuts to form cubes. It’s the same way that you would slice a mango. If you need visuals on how to do it, check out these instructions with pictures from the kitchn. Do this for all the aubergines.

To make the sauce, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Then place the aubergines in the prepared baking dish, skin side down. Brush generously with the sauce. Make sure it gets in between the cuts. Roast them for 40 minutes.

You will probably have a little bit of sauce left. Once the 40 minutes are done, I like to brush them with the little bit of sauce that was left over. Then broil it in the oven for 5 minutes, so that the top caramelizes a bit.

Remove the aubergines from the oven. Serve them with a sprinkle of fried onions, chopped chives and chili flakes. I like to eat them with some rice and sautéed vegetables.

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Tamarind Roasted Chickpea Tacos with Apple & Cabbage Slaw

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It’s taco Tuesday again and I have a thing for vegetarian tacos. This time I made an apple and cabbage slaw with buttermilk dressing. And for protein, I made my tamarind roasted chickpeas again. It’s such a delicious combination. Tangy, sweet and spicy!

This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

12 small tortillas

For the tamarind roasted chickpeas:

260grs of canned chickpeas, drained

2 tablespoons of tamarind paste

4 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of honey

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Pepper

Pinch of cayenne

For the Slaw:

4 cups of finely chopped cabbage

1 apple, shredded or julienned (I used Royal Gala)

For the slaw dressing:

1/3 cup of buttermilk

1 teaspoon of mustard

1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley

¼ cup of apple cider vinegar

¼ cup of Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of sugar

Celery salt to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon)

Pinch of chili flakes

Extras:

1 avocado, thinly sliced

Coriander leaves

Chili flakes to taste (optional)

1 chopped red chili (optional)

 

Start by roasting the chickpeas. Preheat your oven to 160C/320F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the tamarind paste, brown sugar, olive oil, honey, cayenne, salt and pepper. Then add the drained chickpeas and mix well. Spread the chickpeas on the prepared baking sheet. Roast them for 15 minutes. Then stir and increase the temperature to 180C/350F. Roast them for an extra 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and keep the chickpeas in the oven until ready to serve.

To make the slaw, whisk all of the ingredients for the dressing in a medium bowl. In another bowl, mix the cabbage with the apple. Then pour in the dressing and mix well. Let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Once the slaw has rested in the fridge and you are ready to serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan and remove the roasted chickpeas from the oven. Place some of the slaw on each tortilla. Add the roasted chickpeas, a few coriander leaves and avocado slices. Top with chili flakes and chopped red chili to taste. Enjoy!

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Zoodle Pad Thai with Tamarind Roasted Chickpeas (Vegetarian)

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This is not your traditional pad Thai recipe. This version is a bit lighter because of the zucchini noodles. And instead of using animal protein; I roasted some chickpeas with a tamarind sauce. They turned out to be quiet addictive. Sweet and sour goodness.

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This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

4 zucchinis

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 cup of chopped peanuts, I used unsalted

2 bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped (more if you like it spicy)

3 sweet peppers, thinly sliced (I used yellow, orange and red. You can also use bell peppers)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 medium carrot, shredded

2 spring onions, chopped

1 cup of bean sprouts

A handful of fresh coriander leaves

Lime wedges for serving

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons of tamarind paste

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

For the tamarind roasted chickpeas:

130grs of canned chickpeas, drained

1 tablespoon of tamarind paste

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Pepper

 

Start by roasting the chickpeas. Preheat your oven to 160C/320F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the chickpeas with the tamarind paste, brown sugar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Spread them on the prepared baking sheet. Roast them for 15 minutes. Then stir and raise the temperature to 180C/350F. Roast them for an extra 15 minutes.

To make the zoodles, I used a mandoline with the julienne attachment. I stopped when I got to the core. You can also make them with a spiralizer or a potato peeler. If you use a potato peeler, just slice it into ribbons and then using a knife, cut it into julienne. Set aside.

To make the tamarind sauce for the zoodles, just mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the vegetable oil into a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped peanuts and chilies. Cook for about 2 minutes until the peanuts start to get toasted. Then add the garlic, sweet peppers, and onion. Cook for another 2 minutes while stirring.  Then add the sauce, zoodles, spring onions, carrot, bean sprouts and coriander. Cook for about 1 minute, just until everything is well combined.

Serve right away with some of the tamarind roasted chickpeas and lime wedges.

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